Thursday, November 1, 2012

Almost an Angel – Ice Wine Stable’s galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Lindsey Molina as she continued her preparations for Friday’s $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

“She could not be training any better,” Molina said. “She almost ripped my guts out this morning.”

Molina said that Almost an Angel and stablemate Sweet Shirley Mae (Juvenile Sprint) are scheduled for a paddock schooling session during this afternoon’s eight-race program at Santa Anita.

Trainer Wesley Ward is not on the scene as he is in Florida for the weekend when his son competes in the state high school cross country championships.

Beholder – The Juvenile Filly entrant stood in the training gate under exercise rider Janeen Painter Thursday morning before galloping 1 1/2m.

“She’s doing good,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “I know there is a lot of speed in the race, especially that Malibu Moon filly (Kauai Katie) of Todd Pletcher’s. But I think they’ll have to respect my filly’s speed and I’m hoping nobody will think it is worth their while to try to take her on. I’ve got (Garrett) Gomez riding and he’s a pro. You always like to turn it over to a pro. He’ll know what to do.”

Broken Spell – With two straight runner-up finishes, the daughter of Broken Vow is training hard toward making the outcome different in Friday’s Juvenile Fillies, according to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

That training took the form of another 1 1/2m gallop over the main track Thursday morning, her last serious exercise before the Juvenile Fillies.

Dreaming of Julia/ Kauai Katie – The two Stonestreet Stable stars spent their first night at Santa Anita Wednesday and galloped over the main track Thursday morning with trainer Todd Pletcher supervising.